I love baking cookies with my boys, and these simple and delicious cut out cookies are always a hit. They are easy to make, they taste fantastic, and they are fun to decorate. Orange juice is the secret ingredient that makes them so great!
To make these fantastic cookies, you'll need:
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla
3 to 4 tbsp orange juice
1 cup softened butter
In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Then, add all the other ingredients, and beat at low speed until well mixed.
You can use the dough immediately, but I like to wrap it in wax paper and refrigerate it until it is firm. (Cold dough will hold the cookie shape better when you bake it.)
Roll out the dough on a well floured surface to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out with a cookie cutter, and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees (until the edges are lightly browned).
Allow to cool slightly on the cookie sheet, and then move to a cooling rack.
These cookies are fantastic plain, but they are great with icing too. Decorate as desired.
I have been baking these cookies with my boys since my oldest son could stand. We love using it with fun cookie cutters for every occasion. Here are some we baked for Halloween:
And we use them for birthday parties too!
This is a fantastic recipe, but if you want the cookies to keep their shapes, make sure you: refrigerate the dough before you roll it out, don't overwork the dough, and ensure that you always place the cookies on a cool cookie sheet before baking.
I hope you have as much fun with this recipe as my boys and I have. Enjoy!
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)